Release dateNovember 17, 1933 (1933-11-17) WriterRowland Brown, Hal Long (continuity) ScreenplayRowland Brown, Hal Long, Speed Kendall CastGeorge Bancroft (Bill Bailey), Judith Anderson (Ruby Darling), Frances Dee (Elaine Talbart), Chick Chandler (Drury Darling), Blossom Seeley (Singer), Etienne Girardot (Bail Bond Clerk) Similar moviesDarryl F Zanuck produced Blood Money and wrote the screenplay for Crack in the Mirror
Blood Money is a 1933 American Pre-Code crime drama about a crooked bail bondsman named Bill Bailey, played by George Bancroft, with Chick Chandler as crime boss Drury Darling, Judith Anderson as Drury's sister and Bailey's lover, and Frances Dee as a thrill-seeking, larcenous beauty who fatefully catches Bailey's eye. The film was considered to be lost for nearly forty years before reappearing.
This marked the film debut of Anderson (better known for her next role, housekeeper Mrs. Danvers in the 1940 Rebecca).
George Bancroft as Bill Bailey
Frances Dee as Elaine Talbart
Chick Chandler as Drury Darling
Judith Anderson as Ruby Darling
Blossom Seeley as Singer
Etienne Girardot as Bail Bond Clerk
George Regas as Charley
Dee, normally cast in wholesome roles, described Talbert in the 2002 Turner Classic Movies documentary Complicated Women as "... a rather weird character, to say the least. She was a kleptomaniac, a nymphomaniac, and anything in between."
New York Times critic Mordaunt Hall was unimpressed, writing, "This whimsical little tale of thievery, thuggery and attempted slaughter was mistaken for entertainment by Darryl Zanuck". He appreciated the skills of many of the actors, but thought the plot lacked logic and characterized the film overall as "flat stuff".